Chris Hayes Goes Off on Electoral College: ‘If You Run for Class President,’ You Need the Most Votes to Win


MSNBC’s Chris Hayes opened his live show Friday night defending the criticisms of the electoral college raised by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week.

Ocasio-Cortez posted a Twitter thread about abolishing the electoral college and received a response from Republican colleague Dan Crenshaw:

Hayes dove into that debate tonight and argued that “a major fault line” in American politics right now is whether “we actually, really believe in democracy.”

“It is not surprising the Republicans are defending the electoral college, right?” Hayes continued. “There’s a very obvious reason for that. Since 1992, we have had seven presidential elections. Republicans have won the popular vote one time. But they’ve gotten three presidents out of it. Which is a very sweet deal if you’re the Republican Party.”

At one point he said it’s “preposterous” that this system is still in place when “if you run for class president in the fourth grade, you are elected if and only if you get the most votes.”

In response to Crenshaw arguing “we live in a republic, which means 51% of the population doesn’t get to boss around the other 49%,” Hayes said, “What he and his party are advocating is a world in which the 49% boss around the 51%.”

He concluded that “it’s time to do something totally radical, and that is this — run the presidential election the way we run every other election. The person with the most votes wins.”

You can watch above, via MSNBC.

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